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Agni P: India successfully test-fires Agni series’ new generation nuclear missile

The new generation nuclear-capable ballistic missile Agni P was successfully flight-tested by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) off the coast of Balasore in Odisha. 

Agni P is a new generation advanced variant of the Agni class of missiles. (Photo: Twitter/DRDO)

India on Monday successfully carried out the test-firing of a new missile in the Agni series known as the Agni-P. The test was conducted off the Odisha coast, officials informed.

“The new nuclear-capable Agni P is fully made up of composite material and it was a textbook launch,” government sources said to India Today.

The new generation nuclear-capable ballistic missile Agni P was successfully flight-tested by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) from Dr APJ Abdul Kalam island off the coast of Balasore in Odisha.

“Various telemetry and radar stations positioned along the eastern coast tracked and monitored the missile. The missile followed textbook trajectory, meeting all mission objectives with high level of accuracy,” the DRDO said in a statement.

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Agni P is a new generation advanced variant of the Agni class of missiles. It is a canisterised missile that can be launched from rail and road and stored for a longer period. It can be transported across the length and breadth of the country, as per requirements.

The new ballistic missile, which has a range capability between 1,000 and 2,000 kilometres, weighs half of Agni III and has new kinds of propulsion and new guidance.

It also comes with the technologies found in the 4000-kilometre range Agni-IV and 5000-kilometre range Agni-V. The new Agni P can be used to target enemy warships in the Indo-Pacific.

Agni I, India’s first intermediate-range ballistic missile, was successfully test-fired for the first time in May 1989. It was inducted into service in 2004. It has a range capability between 700 and 900 kilometres.

Meanwhile, the DRDO had conducted a successful test-fire of the Pinaka rockets last Friday. The indigenously-developed Enhances Pinaka rockets were tested at Integrated Test Range (ITR) in Chandipur off the Odisha coast.

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